• Forrest Bess, Untitled No. 12 A, 1957, oil on canvas, 12 × 18".

    “Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible”

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross Street
    April 19–August 18, 2013

    Curated by Clare Elliott

    The work of Forrest Bess has recently reemerged in art-historical culture, contextualized with a narrative not dissimilar to that of Bess’s artistic idol, van Gogh: A painter (rich in homo sacer innuendo) rends open the aesthetic dialectic of corporeality and sensibility to clear room for an exceptional bioaesthetic art, resulting not only in radical acts of body modification and diagnoses of madness but also (for us) a ground plan for the reorganization of artistic possibility, both on canvas and off. Consolidating forty-eight of Bess’s paintings and an expanded version of Robert Gober’s celebrated curatorial project “The Man That Got Away,” from last year’s Whitney Biennial, this exhibition and catalogue are the next steps in spawning light from Bess’s refreshingly sacral body of work.

  • Digital rendering of James Turrell’s Skyspace installation for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013. Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat.

    James Turrell

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    April 7–August 18, 2013

    Curated by Alison de Lima Greene, Carmen Giménez, Michael Govan, Christine Y. Kim, Nat Tro

    With works ranging from small enclosures to volcano-size constructions, James Turrell has spent more than four decades crafting spaces in which to contemplate natural and artificial light. Beginning this April, three institutions in as many cities will work in concert to present a retrospective: The MFAH will gather a suite of the artist’s light projections and installations from 1967 to today; LACMA’s sprawling chapter will feature almost fifty drawings, photographs, models, and holograms; and in his first solo museum exhibition in New York since 1980, Turrell will transform the Guggenheim’s rotunda into a vast Skyspace. This tripartite exhibition will occasion two new publications and unveil many works for the first time, in a continent-spanning presentation befitting an artist who addresses spatial, architectural, and geographic context on scales both intimate and vast.